500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

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With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.

Organizers told WISH-TV that registrations would stay open for both the 13.1-mile half-marathon and its five-kilometer run until the start of the May 3 races if necessary.

A 500 Festival spokeswoman, Megan Bulla, said falling short of a sellout might occur but not the race's distinction as the country's largest half-marathon. She said 31,000 people finished the half-marathon last year.


  • Just Like Indy...
    ...this event is becoming less relevant at he same time it is too pricey. It used to be a big deal in Indiana, just like the 500-Mile Race. Not any more. We are but a few years away from the entire "Month of May", "Indy 500" concept as a big, annual, Indianapolis event that is no more. The days are coming in which the race itself, sparsely attended in comparison to the glory years, will be a single weekend event, maybe a Saturday Parade, maybe not, and come and go as quickly as an Indianapolis Indians three-game series at home in the middle of the summer...a few care, tens of thousands don't even know it happened, unless they watch the evening news. All things Indy 500 are dying quickly. It may very well have had its 100-year run and close to being done.
  • 500 too pricy
    I am coming from Louisville because OUR Derby Festival race had gotten too pricey, too big, and less of a challenge. I guess traveling to a race seems better than staying home for one. I am looking forward to a "new to me" race.
  • Other Options
    There are now two competing events locally that are putting pressure on the numbers; Geist Half Marathon and the Carmel Half/Full Marathon. Both events have much less numbers overall, but I think either course is a better challenge. Plus, the Carmel Half/Full race is much easier to get in and out of, especially if you live within 10 minutes of the start line! Disclaimer: I haven't run the Mini in 6 years because it became too big.
  • Clusterfudge
    Or it could be that the race itself is a cluster. Too many people! It takes some people 30+ minutes to get to the starting line from their starting corral. I ran it in 2011 and started in Corral C. My position started west of West St. I still dodged people for the first 2 miles.
  • RE: Vincent
    blah blah blah... I happily paid the $60 back in October and am looking forward to running in it next Saturday.
  • Expensive
    I couldn't justify spending the money. I would love to participate, but the entrance fee costs the same as 3 months' worth of my gym membership. So, 90 days of countless activities v. a couple of hours. It's a no brainer for me.
  • Greed Wins Out
    A bit pricey is being kind...they have taken this away from Joe Hoosier and made it a corporate event. The Mini now has a big staff, and in order to pay that big staff who work in nice offices, they continue to kick the overage runner to the curb with escalating fees. Don't be fooled, this is now a corporate event, and the entry fee confirms just that.
  • Huh
    MAYBE its because its a little PRICEY?

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